Legislative Update: Feb. 15, 2019

G​et the latest news for Texas' 86th legislative session.

Texas Capitol building in AustinFeb. 15, 2019

Volume 7 Issue

This Edition

  • Students Shut Down D.C.
  • Important Issues
  • #TXLege Download
  • Finis …

Students Shut Down D.C.

Wait, a shutdown? The students or the government? What are you talking about? Well, we aren’t declaring a national emergency like #45 just did, but our students – along with others and community college trustees from across the country – arrived in Washington, D.C., this week to participate in the National Legislative Summit.

The district was well-represented by DCCCD Trustee Wesley Jameson and four students – Yazmin Munoz from El Centro, Brittany Bell and Trayvon Freeman from North Lake and Eduardo Hernandez Mejia from Mountain View. The participants attended legislative sessions to learn more about the role our federal government plays in higher education. They also visited Capitol Hill, advocated for all of our students and colleges and shared our federal priorities.

The DCCCD crew had appointments with Sen. John Cornyn, plus Reps. Marc Veasey, Colin Allred and Lance Gooden. They were not able to meet Rep. Allred, who had flown home to welcome a new member to his family.

All four students will attend the next DCCCD trustees meeting on March 5 to share their D.C. experience with the entire board. It’s a date!


DCCCD students arrive in D.C., ready to engage with legislators.


DCCCD Trustee Wesley Jameson and our students attend the legislative conference to learn more about higher education issues.

Chancellor Joe May and DCCCD students attend a general session. (Check out that dessert!)

Our DCCCD National Legislative Summit students meet with Congressman Marc Veasey.

DCCCD students share federal priorities with Congressman Veasey.

Sen. John Cornyn takes time to meet with DCCCD students.

Congressman Lance Gooden listens to our students share their stories.

DCCCD students meet with Congressman Gooden, Trustee Jameson and Dr. Joe May.

After a long day on the Hill, it’s time to take a fun break!

Important Issues

When we visit with House and Senate members, Chancellor Joe May and DCCCD staffers have one primary goal: to advocate for our students and colleges on issues of importance. A few of those issues include:

  • Funding for community colleges
  • Funding for Small Business Development Centers
  • A student’s right to transfer
  • Workforce development
  • Local control

Throughout the session, we will track the issues and bills that affect DCCCD as they make their way through the legislative process. We will also share more details about the issues listed above. As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions. You can now email us at dcccdgovt@dcccd.edu.

#TXLege Download

If you’re like me, you didn’t receive any chocolates or conversation hearts yesterday – well, if you did receive conversation hearts, you better check the expiration date! Not to worry ... your favorite platonic friend is here to provide the sweets and the goods. Yup, it’s time to pucker up for the #TXLege Download. You already know the disclaimer – please don’t make me type it again.

National Emergency (Folks, we don’t write the headlines!)

  • Trump's disgraceful 'national emergency' was inevitable
  • Can Trump Spin a Wall From Nothing?
  • Republicans have concerns about Trump’s emergency declaration, too
  • Texans react to Trump's border wall emergency; Rep. Will Hurd warns people are 'going to sue'
  • Key GOP lawmake​r opposes marquee property tax bill
  • The 86th Texas Legislature Is Underway. Here’s What Your Elected Officials Are Prioritizing
  • Built with rehabilitation in mind, Texas state jails are now viewed by lawmakers as a "complete failure"
  • Construction Priorities at the Texas Legislature in 2019
  • GOP senator wants Texas to be more like Austin (at least when it comes to dogs)

The deadline is here! Not our deadline. Well, I guess it’s our deadline, too. The bigger deadline is tied to this important question: Who’s running for Dallas mayor? Almost a gazillion candidates have filed, are planning to file or have expressed interest in running for Dallas mayor – not to mention council seats and school boards across Dallas County. Wow! New faces, old faces and, well, just faces.

Either way, don’t forget to register to vote. The last day to register to vote for the May 4 election is April 4. Be heard: Vote. For more information, visit Dallas County Elections or the Texas Secretary of State. (I know, I know ... it’s the same person who tried to kick voters off the rolls.)